Legal value: Depends on how much her lawyer wants to go for I guess.
I am not knocking you in any way but I just do not understand why people get names like this, sometimes I think it may be in hope to sell them to the company or person they are based around but in reality its just a law suit waiting to happen. Just my .02
I'm not sure how you missed this, but registering a name solely to try to earn money off the business or fame of another is called cybersquatting. It's against the rules you agree to when you register domains (you did read the terms and conditions, right? no?). In the U.S., it is additionally prohibited by the AntiCyberSquatting Act of 1999, with fines in the neighborhood of $100,000 per name.
When I try to look it up to see if you are in the US, it says it hasn't been registered. So either you registered it today and whois hasn't populated or you didn't really get this. If you did get this I recommend you contact your registrar and ask them to delete it right away.
I had registered this yesterday. But I went ahead and deleted this. If I cannot do this then how can people register names like BushCheney.com? Isn't that profiting off the fame of another? How can people register names of celebrities then sell them? I am so frustrated. But thanks for your input, I deleted the name. JSonline, you don't understand why people get domains like this? Well, I figured it would be a perfect place to sell the fragrance and might end up worth something so I bought it. That's why. I'm just a young mother of two trying desperately to earn a few bucks on the side with domains and I am getting frustrated and depressed. But thanks for letting me know I could get sued.
Perhaps you all could help me with these...hopefully none of these will get me in trouble any idea on the value?
If anyone says reg fee I swear I am getting out of the domain biz, so far it's been frustrating and hard to sell. But I did recently sell one domain for a decent price and that was so exhilirating! Thanks!
Anyone who told you this business was easy money was lying to you. Just like anything, it takes work, research, knowledge, experience and a lot of trial and error.
Hang in there, and you'll start doing better at it. But if you're just looking for a quick profit, there are a whole lot of people who are much better at it than you going after the same domains - the odds are against you coming out ahead in the beginning.
My advice is to spend some time researching old threads on this forum, learn as much as you can, and focus on a niche. Best of luck!
Harris, the short answer to your question about how people can get away with registering those other names you mentioned is that they are cybersquatting as well. People break rules and regulations all the time. Insider stock trading, drug deals, whatever. Some people feel confident that they know how to break rules and skirt by without getting into serious trouble. Many of them find themselves later getting into real trouble (and for some of the other examples I mentioned, like insider trading, going to jail -- see Martha Stewart).
If you want to raise a little money on the side, I honestly don't recommend trying to sell domain names. To be successful at it takes a lot of time and knowledge. Newbies come through these doors (and similar sites) thinking they'll make money doing this, only to leave frustrated, with a bunch of names nobody wants to buy off them and poorer than they started. The successful ones are the few who spend a lot of time figuring out the ins and outs.
The field is full of dashed dreams and people for whatever reason who like to advertise it as a way to make easy money. Like someone going by the handle namepopper was around here years back trying to sell off mostly anemic names and getting interviewed by websites about how "successful" he supposedly was, and then it turns out he simply didn't renew the hundreds of mostly worthless names he had (although he had a few OK ones here and there he sold for small amounts, apparently not nearly enough to make up for the registration fees on the others), disappeared off the face of the planet, and then later when people tried to track him down discovered that nobody by that name or description existed, and people decided he was probably the then owner of the site under an alias trying to hype the site and then no longer needed when the site was sold.
There are a lot, LOT better ways for someone just starting out to make money on the side than trying to work a field full of people with years of experience and many of them willing to lie and scam to get what they want. But if you don't want to give it a go, the first best lesson you should know is to definitely avoid things that can end up putting you into court really easily, like violating other people's trademarks.
And, Seeker, politicians are most certainly NOT unprotected by cybersquatting rules. "You read it somewhere"... great. Probably from someone trying to sell you a domain name cybersquatting on a politician.